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Altoona Area School District Layoffs

Superintendent Dr. Charles Prijatelj says the district was employing around 130 special education aides this school year, while the district was still operating with around 50 percent of students attending in-person. However, Altoona Schools went to completely virtual learning December 1st and Prijatelj says when that happened the district no longer need all the aides.

Prijatelj says the district as for volunteers and 64 aides chose to be furloughed until February first. Those staff members will receive unemployment compensation from the district.

Some aides chose to continue working in schools by filling a new role. Prijatelj says several are assisting with a technical help desk while other are completing maintenance and sanitation work.

He insists the furloughs will not impact students.

“Special ed parents have all been contacted and it was discussed as to how they are going to individualize educational programs for their kids. We are working with them to ensure that they have with their children need.”

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